“Atos Origin Launches Next Generation Desktop in Italy, jointly with Microsoft and Intel”

Milan, October 14th 2005

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology services provider, launches in close partnership with Intel and Microsoft, its Next Generation Desktop (NGDT) solution in Italy. NGDT provides embedded innovation, a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO), transparent pricing, flexibility, migration, operation and innovation services.

Today's business trends show a need for an increase in user-friendly and flexible solutions that enable direct access to company data, especially among mobile workers. In order to answer these needs, Atos Origin has developed the global Next Generation Desktop solution together with Intel and Microsoft, based on its experience in deployment, management and operation services for distributed environments.

Next Generation Desktop is Atos Origin's Award Winning global solution for the workplace environment (including mobile solutions such as laptops and PDA, Desktops, Tablet-PC, SmartPhones and Multifunctional Printers). Based on a strong vision and seamless architecture, NGDT provides secure, flexible and portable working systems to professionals, which offer the end-user easy access to their company's systems and information, thus allowing them to work anywhere, at any time.
NGDT users can easily perform a number of administrative functions such as password reset, software provisioning, access rights definition through a simple yet powerful web based system. The authorization levels for each category of users are customized to match the client's security as well as regulatory policies. The allocation of resources to support core business' activities becomes flexible, can be delegated and does not require specialized support, thus reducing cost and execution time.

Next Generation Desktop consists of several modular services, such as heterogeneous device support (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet PC and thin client), Self Service Support Portal, VoIP (Voice-over-IP) and Multifunctional Printing. These services are all seamlessly integrated, providing a total solution for the workplace environment.

Atos Origin is one of the first leading IT-services companies to integrate Intel® AMT (Intel Active Management Technology) in its desktop offering. This Intel technology offers innovative functionality which allows Atos Origin to provide remote troubleshooting, remote asset tracking, deploy patches and repair of infected systems at any time regardless of the OS or system state, which significantly improves the quality of desktop management. Through Intel AMT, Atos Origin will offer next to zero customer downtime.

Atos Origin's Next Generation Desktop solution is deployed worldwide with clients in the public sector, telecommunication, discrete manufacturing, processing industries and finance market.

“Desktop services are rarely company's core business, however direct access to relevant data is critical for the business. Atos Origin's NGDT solution, with its array of innovative functionalities and broad client device support, is the first technology platform in Italy allowing for “ubiquitous computing” by leveraging the latest Microsoft and Intel technologies. NGDT provides a clear vision, a well defined technology roadmap and guaranteed savings”, commented Raoul Volpe, Domain and Portfolio Manager for Atos Origin in Italy.

During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, held in Minneapolis last July, the Next Generation Desktop global solution has been awarded as best solution in the "Information Worker Competency" category, thanks to its ability in helping customers to grow up their market opportunities and improve customers services.
In addition, the award also underlines Microsoft and Atos Origin common engagement in developing new solutions based on NGDT.

Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, internet services and technologies for personal and professional computer use. It offers a wide range of products and services designed to optimise the user experience through outstanding software – any time, anywhere and on any kind of equipment.
For further information see http://www.microsoft.com/italy/ or infoita@microsoft.com

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